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What kind of leader do we want in nursing?

Leadership can be an art; finding the balance of the ability to lead and devlivering compassionate nursing care is one nurse leaders strive for.  

There are many skills required of those who provide nursing care today, but perhaps one of the most unrecognised and least developed, at every level and in every care setting, is that of leadership. What kind of leader do we want in nursing?

What type of leadership style enables nurses to remain focused on the core values of our profession? What can nurses as leaders bring to discussions about healthcare that others cannot? In other words, what makes nursing leadership stand apart?

Clearly defined nursing

Nursing needs leaders at every level who are clear about what our profession represents and how we can progress in the changing world of health and social care. Brykczynska (1997) pointed out, 30 or so years ago, that 'without caring, nursing would represent an incomplete or even disingenuous and non-efficacious picture of what it is about.

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